Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hands Down Impressed With Myself

Last night I out-outdid myself. Never before have I reached such dizzyingly efficient heights and never shall I dare to hope for the same again. This is why this entire blog post is dedicated – largely without distracting imagery – to last night’s one point five hours of amazingness (otherwise, I’ll forget).

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MY YESTERDAY, BETWEEN 4.30 AND 6PM:

• Baked a carrot cake. It did not burn. Just emerged out of that oven perfectly perfect.

• Located thirteen Not Quite Overdue library books for the Mr to return.

• Put a load of washing into the machine. Filled it with only undies and socks.

• Sent one kid off to Joey Scouts and one to gymnastics and both of them had drink bottles.

• Popped a kid in the bath and told her she had to keep singing so I would know she was ok. But because she thought it would be fun if I sang from the kitchen, we both launched into ‘Oh, how lovely is the evening...’ over and over and over and then IN ROUNDS, for fifteen of the longest minutes of my life. Oh, my throat.

• Raised one eyebrow when the Mr fleetingly returned home, to re-remember the thirteen Still Not Quite Overdue library books.

• Unloaded dishwasher, loaded dishwasher, cleaned kitchen, chiselled dried Weetbix off table.

• Washed bath kid’s hair and combed it flat and long like a mermaid’s!

• Made soup from the pumpkin the Mr had hollowed out earlier, for tonight’s winter festival. Love a sparkly pumpkin lantern.

• Dropped four glass bowls but MIRACULOUSLY only one broke. Swept up. Tackled kitchen and sunroom on a vacuuming whim.

• Googled a recipe for Thai fish curry, made it and rice and later eldest kid declared it Best Dinner Ever.

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The Reality Check
This morning everyone is wearing scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel, aged underwear, with dodgy elastic (I forgot to hang the washing out). Last night a drink bottle was left at Joey Scouts. The mermaid with the flat and long locks, was entirely miffed to wake up with sleep-tousled curls. When I preventatively wiped Weetbix off the table earlier, I stood on a teeny sliver of glass. Gale force winds threaten lighting of any pumpkin lanterns, promising one very dark winter festival. The kitchen looks like a cyclone hit. The Middle is still talking about the Worst Dinner Ever. We are all beside ourselves excited at the prospect of carrot cake for snack play or morning tea and essentially, it’s a back-to-ordinary but ALL-IS-RIGHT-WITH-THE-WORLD Tuesday.

54 comments:

Tanya said...

I shared your excited moments- what a great find- all those library books and impressive, a load full of socks and undies- wonder if the socks were in pairs! And then, I related to 'the morning after'...where the another angle of real life continues. Have a chipper day, Tania

Hayley Egan said...

I SO get where that bath kid is coming from. NOTHING is as disappointing as the effect of drying on gravity defying hair... Especially when you've been growing it for 3 years....

mel @ loved said...

That is one productive evening, WELL DONE lady! I love that this post is dedicated to the simplest of pleasures in our lives, having stuff done as it's supposed to be done but very rarely is...

Sonia said...

Best Post Ever.

willywagtail said...

You need to turn it all around and with the best bits. 'Cause you still did good. Cherrie

Felicity said...

Every time I visit this wonderful space you delight me.

This post had me grinning like a loon - so not only did you achieve all that you did, you managed to bring joy to others as well = hooray for you!

x Felicity

ange_moore said...

Sanitarium should enclose a chisel in each box of Weetbix they produce! And what annoys me is you think you've got it off the table/bench/high chair, until you run your fingers along the side or under the table/bench/high chair and realise there is more of the wretched stuff dried on there too!!

Love a productive 1.5 hours and I also love a reality check in the morning!! Hope you're foot is OK!

dixiebelle said...

Oh, I just love this! Hope your foot is OK... and if you the weather allows, would love to see photos of the pumpkin lantern!

**Anne** said...

The joys of chiselling weetbix! It us to be my highlight of the day. Now it's cleaning up parmesan cheese snow made from over enthusiastic 21 y.o. dd who had spag bog for tea last night.

Anne xx

Stomper Girl said...

I bloody hate chiselling the weetbix, and the drops of dried milk. Why can't they eat without spilling, hmm? (Probably because their stupid mother cleans it up for them instead of making them do it)

I'm ignoring your reality check. Bah. Who needs reality check, bask in your own awesomeness.

Tricia said...

I'm glad i'm not the only one who asks their child to sing in the bath so that they can multi-task. Your singing in rounds sounds like a memorable moment.

and well done on returning the library books before they were over due. I'm considering giving up the library unless I can learn to get my act together. I have a rediculous amount of overdue fines at the moment.

Loved this post :-)

Andi said...

Reality check or not ... you are hands down domestic goddess extraordinaire!!!

Sue said...

I loved this post as I was enthralled by your perfect life, delightful family and amazing house filled with home baked goodies. I hope you can keep the dark pumpkins away.

Suse said...

Weetbix is the only thing holding our aged dining table together.

Also, we have not one but two winter festivals this week. Thank heavens next year they'll all be at the one school again and there will only one solstice! (The world returns to its axis).

june at noon said...

Wow. Hands down a serious whirlwind. I need to nap now.

teddybearswednesday said...

fleeting domestic goddess or not ( which I still question remember the perfectly carrot cake? that's nothing to turn you nose up) you are the goddess of the blog post for sure
xo
PS you don't want to hear about my one and only cake baking experience, which included a packet mix so perhaps not even technically baking x

EvalineJay said...

Very impresive, you domestic godess :)

Kylie said...

Loved this :) Makes me feel positively lazy boned ;) Glad you had a good one, Tania - we need these times every so often, don't we? Kx

Cinnamon said...

I am also impressed with yourself. Good thing there was a reality check this morning. Wouldn't want you to think you could pull this sort of thing off regularly... ;)

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

OH.....I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!!

One Flew Over said...

I'm exhausted...are you exhausted?!

x

The Librarians said...

Finding 13 libarary books is impressive - I always stress that the library books will end up lost in our shelves somewhere.

Hope you enjoyed the carrot cake.

(and I managed to get the kids all in matching socks or the right sized tights this morning but couldn't find a matching pair for me. No worries I thought, and pulled my boots on. I completely got away with it till I got to my tap class and it was kind of hard to hide that I had one rainbow striped sock on, and one brown one....)

mrs smith said...

You are awesome. You have inspired me.

Its so great to see someone else revel in that fleeting domestic glory hour. (although I have never been that efficient in my life) Savouring it. Relishing it.
The stone may have rolled back down the hill this morning, as it invariably does, but you achieved the summit for that wondrous hour.

Superb.

Posie Patchwork said...

The highs & lows of the reality of parenting, family life & weather beyond our control!! I find the wind makes my children crazy, so i'm taking deep breaths before collecting them from school. I usually find overdue library books (from school, i could never borrow from a real library that might expect them back or actually charge fines!!) in the school holidays, it's my specialty. Good luck with a repeat performance tonight (sans the smashing of bowls & cutting of foot) love Posie

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Love your productive afternoon (and am reminded of the overdue library books sitting in a neat pile downstairs)! Hope you're pumpkin's holding up against the wind outside (just looked out and it was raining horizontally!)

ingrid said...

I am ignoring your 'reality check' and just just basking in the glow of your fabulous efficiency. Hopefully one day I will have a 90 minutes of my life that even comes close. At the moment the 4:30 to 6pm timeslot at my house is generally filled with wailing and bickering from the children while I hide out the kitchen with a glass of wine trying to sort out some kind of edible dinner.

Linda said...

Amazing awesomeness, how wonderful to read!
Warmly
Linda

Greer said...

Ha, you make me laugh. I used to get my girl to sing in the bath too - for that very same reason.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Have I mentioned how excellent I think you are? Cos you is - utterly.

I'm deeply impressed - singing "oh how lovely" in rounds at a)her age and b)for 15 solid minutes - wow.

And you washed underwear!

Also the rest of the stuff is fairly impressive. Sadly I agree with middle about dinner.

silverpebble said...

Good grief. Are you actually an octopus (with musical tendencies)?

Michelle said...

OMGosh this is the funniest post ever...
You really had me going...
Had to laugh even though my day sounds a lot like yours...
TOO CUTE!!!

Ali said...

Reality so over-rated! You are still the Domestic Goddess in my book. Great post!

Tammi said...

I am amazed at all you managed to accomplish in such a short time frame and exhausted just thinking about it :)

Dried, crusty weetbix and I are enemies from way back.

x

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I had a morning just like that myself - glowing in my own brilliance, just to be brought back to reality later. But you know - in reality - both happened! Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't and it is always always good to savour those times when it does, as we tend to forget them when it doesn't.
Thanks for reminding me... I have an overdue library book... actually so overdue that they will no longer give me any more time to find it and I now need to pay for the thing!!!

innercitygarden said...

Mother of the Year!

Your trophy is in the mail. Promise.

nikkishell said...

Ah don't you just love a productive 1.5 hours?! Wish every hour was as productive though.

;)

Michelle said...

Oh Lordy! favourite parts were.. "AND they drink bottles" and the singing in the bath! Love it. If only you could bottle that feeling! Michelle xx

Shannon said...

Stuff reality, carrot cake and mermaids are so much better!

Kylie said...

Love it - hoping that you did not blow away tonight.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Absolutely loved this post. Brilliant! Isn't it funny when things turn even stevens on us. I have often thought that with every positive, comes a negative. But the good thing is it also works in reverse. Even stevens like I said :o)
Carrot cake looks scrumptious!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

This has made me really rather pleased to be the age I am . Any Weetabix eaten in this house is eaten by me .... not Polyfilla-ed about . Well , not usually , but there again I tend not to wear my specs inside ( That way I live in a cobweb-free house) .
On the other hand , I don't often get to share a roundelay or comb a mermaid's hair either , these days .

UpsideDown Kate said...

You make me smile.

CC said...

Heh heh, great post. I only remember that the library books need returning when I get the email reminder. Then I renew online to buy myself more time to get to the library. Some time ago (at a different library) i stopped using my card and used someone else's to escape an overdue fine. I know. I am a bad person.

Tas said...

As an ex-professional, some days I am amazed by how thrilling it can be to clear the washing basket, if only for 10 minutes, how exciting if someone in the family appreciates dinner, how satisfying to cross all those achieved chores off the "to do" list. Reality may kick in but meanwhile bask in the glow of that time when you do feel like a professional domestic goddess. Why shouldn't you?
(Sodding glass shards)

Jodie said...

What exactly is it about weetbix that makes it into a substance that could be used for air-raid shelters ?
And no matter how real the reality gets from here on in , you can rest in the knowledge that for that small time in space - you totally rocked it !

Fer said...

Yin & yang, karma, whatever you want to call it. The universe has to balance itself out in the end... undies or not. ♥

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

I'm impressed, too! What a productive evening. Now I want to go and tackle at least half the number of things you got done! And your 'reality check' cracks me up. :)

Sannah said...

Brilliant post!! Like immensely! Just like my life :)

Lizeylou said...

I love this post - not the standing on the glass bit, but everything else!!

Sandrine said...

Bravo!!!! :)

heather said...

reality is such a chore. i love that song. and the thought of you two singing across the house to each other. ding dong ding dong. we have a similar mermaid hair thing happen in the bath tub. it is magical to have the curls just gone for a short slick time. for me too. oh. i am doing laundry today so that the man has socks. he's been kindly asking me for socks for a week. ha.

Gina said...

This is the third time I've read this post, I enjoyed it so much! But the first time I actually have a hand free to write a comment. In between the rest of the crazy things that your life consists of, could you please publish a book? You are one fabulous writer.
Ps still to contemplate that getting-out-of-house biz to see you. Maybe now solstice is over??? I'll email.

Vintage Jane said...

Just found your fab blog. Loved this post - oh, how it made me laugh! M x

quirky granola girl said...

i'm terrifically late in catching up with all of your lovely posts. i can't possibly comment on all that i'm behind in, but i'm still reading it all. and thank goodness.

this post is gold. pure perfection.